Ariana Page Russell and the Art of Dermatographia

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In her art, Ariana Page Russell uses her skin in ways previously unimaginable: she makes wallpaper with it; she creates temporary tattoos with it, that she then affixes back onto her skin; and, most provocatively, she photographs welts and scratches on it that she herself creates. She has an auto-immune condition called dermatographia, meaning that these seemingly dramatic contusions are both temporary and painless, but the images are striking nevertheless.

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Claire Caplan enjoys dotting Is and crossing Ts. She works for a public radio station in Baltimore, Maryland. More from this author →